Friday, July 25, 2008

Statistics on identity fraud

* On January 4, 2008 and January 10, 2008 leading banks, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank were targets of phishing attacks in which e-mails were directed to users that indicated that their bank was updating its online security mechanism and that the recipient should key-in his banking information at the Web site that the fake e-mail led him to.

* More such attacks were reported on customers of financial institutions in India, including UTI Bank and State Bank of India. Considering that phishing was pretty much unheard of in India a year ago, these frequent attacks are cause for concern.

* Statistics from the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) show that at least 1,300 Web sites were compromised by pharming exploits in 2005. As per the warning issued by the ISC, the attacks corrupted the Domain Name System (DNS) Servers, causing legitimate requests to .com sites being misdirected to Web sites controlled by the pharmers.

Source Cyberoam

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